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caption colorado, l.l.c. >> hill: tonight, hurricane earl: big, powerful, and moving closer to the east coast where they are stocking up, boarding up, and moving out from the carolinas to canada. i'm erica hill. also tonight, a scare in the gulf. after an oil platform explodes in flames, forcing the crew into the water. the dramatic video that's raising new questions about police using taser guns. >> stop resisting! stop resisting! >> and a group of young people who have made happiness contagious. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> good evening.
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katie is off. much of the east coast is on alert tonight for hurricane earl. as many as 26 million people could soon be feeling its impact. even if the storm never makes landfall. earl is a category three storm earl is a category two storm right now with sustained winds of more than 111 miles an hour. the eye now less than 200 miles from cape hatteras, north carolina, and it's outer banks which could be the first to feel the effects of the hurricane before it takes an expected turn to the northeast. warnings and watches are up from north carolina, where at least 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the coast; all the way up to the canadian border. as this view from space demonstrates, earl is a particularly large hurricane about 400 miles across. we have a team of correspondents stationed along the east coast tonight. we begin with kelly cobiella who is in kill devil hills, north carolina. kelly. >> reporter: erica, good evening. the winds here are getting stronger, and the seas, as you can see, are really starting to
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build along this coastline. many of these beach towns are deserted, with a menacing storm expected to pass within 75 miles of this coastline, even some who decided to stay admit they're a bit uneasy. along the storm-hardened north carolina coast, earl spells worry. business owners are sealing off their stores. >> we have a pretty big warehouse so everything we can do to protect the business. >> reporter: the last of the tourists, some 30,000 in all, obeyed orders to leave. >> we get hurt more with the flooding, and that's what worries me it is just frightening. >> reporter: locals are stocking up on supplies and generators. this store sold 60 by noon to people like shane moore. he and many of his neighbors are staying put. >> one day it might come back to bite everybody, but hopefully it won't this time. >> reporter: bill jones owns two beach-front homes... >> i think folks should leave. >> reporter: angry sea is already at his back stairs along
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with a notice on his front door. >> all people on the ocean front should evacuate immediately. >> reporter: time to go, i guess, huh? >> will be in a few minutes. >> reporter: earl is on track to brush by north carolina, but it's such a large storm, 400 miles across, that winds of 50 miles per hour or more could reach the coast by midnight. is there any scenario you can see where you would order more evacuations at this point, or? >> not at this point. >> reporter: states of emergency have been declared in north carolina, virginia, maryland, and massachusetts. strong waves from earl are ripping into beaches all along the east coast. in delaware, life guards rescued two children from rip current. >> couldn't breathe for a few seconds, and i got really sc scared. >> reporter: even if the worst of earl stays far from land, the storm could do $1 billion to $2 billion in damage from north carolina to maine, and emergency workers still are not convinced the storm is staying away. >> the smallest predicted
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hurricane can become the most major and the most destructive, so you really don't know. none of us know what's going to happen until tomorrow. >> reporter: emergency officials here, as well as local business owners, are hoping by tomorrow, they're reopening for business for a long labor day weekend rather than cleaning up. erica. >> hill: kelly cobiella, kelly, thanks. earl may actually lose some of its punch by the time it reaches the northeast tomorrow, but it is still the strongest hurricane to threaten the coast of new york and new jersey since bob roared through in 1991. elaine quijano is in montauk, new york, about 120 miles east of new york city on the tip of long island tonight. elaine, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, erica. here on the eastern tip of long island, all area beaches have been ordered closed until saturday morning, and already, as you can see behind me here, the winds are whipping up the waves. the big concern here is wind damage. when hurricane earl brushes past this area around 8:00 tomorrow night with possible wind gusts of 75 miles per hour.
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now, utility crews from as far away as michigan began rolling on to long island today. they'll be standing by in case those strong winds bring down power lines and trees. the nearly 1,700 extra workers will join almost 700 already here on long island. the red cross has also started moving storm supplies into place just in case. now, in addition, forecasters are expecting a storm surge here in the montauk area of up to three feet, but authorities say it is not a major concern. erica. >> hill: elaine quijano elaine, thanks. another summer resort area, cape cod, massachusetts, is also in earl's path. we find dean reynolds in chatham tonight. dean, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, erica. well, don't be fooled by the beautiful weather on the cape.
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they know what's out there, and they-- the word along the shoreline is "leave," and preferably "leave now." sailors were lining up to haul their boats ashore as hurricane warnings went up the flag poles along the coast. is this a potentially dangerous storm? >> absolutely. >> reporter: heavy rain and winds up to 75 miles an hour are expected in seashore areas, meaning that the two bridges on and off cape cod will be closed once the storm hits. if they close those bridges, are people marooned here? >> they'll have to turn around and come back from where they came from. >> reporter: now officials are concerned people will wait until the last minute to leave and be stuck in a traffic jam so large they'll be sitting in it when the storm hits late friday or early saturday. erica. >> hill: dean reynolds, thanks. let's turn now to our cbs news hurricane consultant, david bernard, chief meteorologist at cbs 4 miami. hurricane earl winds peaked at 145 miles per hour but looking that right now, how strong is this storm?
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>> erica, it is still a strong hurricane tonight, not quite as strong as last night, but we're still talking about a major hurricane with very strong winds, and it's just south of the cape hatteras, in fact, less than 200 miles from the cape right now, so it's going to make its closest approach to the outer banks ling on tonight. >> hill: this is clearly still a very powerful storm, it's incredibly large, 400 miles across. give us a better idea, if you could, david, of which areas are at the highest risk for tropical storm conditions and hurricane- force winds? >> we want to look at the possibility of tropical storm force wind and the chance for those winds is very high at cape hateras, cape cod. and when we're talking about tropical storm force wind we're talking about winds between 40 and 70 miles per hour. hurricane-force wind
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possibilities are much lower except at cape hatteras where they're 23% and also at cape cod notice we have one 21% there. those are the two most likely areas we're going to see the winds, potentially 75 or greater. whereas the other coastal areas are more likely to see the tropical storm conditions. >> hill: a lot of folks in the northeast remember hurricane bob, which was the last hurricane to hit new england. it was 1991, came ashore as a category two, left behind $1.5 billion in damages, 18 people dead. when you look at the projected path for earl, how close would it be to the path that bob took in '91? >> erica, there's definitely that potential. let's take a look at this map. it has the track of hurricane bob from 1991. we can see that in yellow, and this is the possible track of earl according to the hurricane center in red. notice bob skirts cape hatteras but then the difference was it moved right over coastal areas of rhode island and also eastern portions of massachusetts and cape cod, and right up the coastal areas of maine. that's what caused all the damage. if earl stays offshore like this, it's not going to be as bad as bob.
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all it's going to take is a little bit of a shift to the west, and we could have a lot more damage than what is anticipated. >> hill: david bernard, appreciate the insight, thanks, tonight. now to a scare in the gulf of mexico. at first, it seemed eerily reminiscent of the b.p. disaster. an oil platform exploded and burst into flames today. about 100 miles off the louisiana coast forcing the crew into the water. but that is where the similarities end. don teague is in houma. >> good evening, erica. it was a frightening scene but with a much different outcome than the deepwater horizon tragedy. in this case there was no loss of life and so far we're told there is no oil leaking into the gulf. the first calls for help came at 9:19 this morning when works, or a neighboring rig and helicopter pilots spotted fire aboard an offshore platform called vermilion 380. >> we did see the plume of smoke, and that draw our
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attention. >> reporter: the platform's owner, houston-based mariner energy said workers were doing routine maintenance when fire broke out on an upper deck. the 13 crew members escaped into water and locked arms for safety. they were rescued by nearby ships and flown to a hospital for evaluation. the coast guard says at least three fire fighting boats respond to the scene, and by late today, the fire was out. >> all 13 members aboard the oil platform have survived with no serious injuries. >> reporter: vermilion 380 is not a drilling rig but an oil and natural gas production platform anchored to the sea floor in 340 feet of water. it ordinarily pumps 1,400 barrels of oil per day to shore from seven active wells. >> there were no drilling activities under way. this isn't a blow-out by any means. there were no reported sheen or oil or spill around the facility. >> reporter: the company says the wells have been safely shut in and they are not leaking oil into the gulf. though there were earlier reports of a mile-long sheen of oil spreading from the platform.
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since 2006, mariner has had nine reported incidents in the gulf, including four fires and a blowout like b.p.'s deepwater horizon rig, which sank just 200 miles to the east. now officials are trying to determine what sparked the fire on vermilion 380. and the investigation into the cause of this fire is just beginning. meanwhile, there is good news here at home in louisiana. all 13 of the workers brought to this hospital have just been released, and we are told they're all doing just fine. >> hill: good news, indeed, don, thanks. in washington, there was no immediate breakthrough in the middle east peace talks today but there is a hopeful sign-- perhaps. israeli and palestinian leaders agreed to keep their dialogue going on a regular basis. senior white house correspondent bill plante is covering the talks. >> reporter: israelis and palestinians brushed aside skepticism as they sat down with secretary of state clinton to talk peace for the first time in nearly two years.
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>> we believe, prime minister and president, that you can succeed. >> the people of israel are prepared to walk this road. >> ( translated ): the p.l.o. participates in these negotiations with good intentions. >> reporter: the two leaders spent an hour and a half face- to-face and alone and agreed to begin meeting every two weeks. but beneath the tantalizing hint of progress is the reality-- each side faces a divided public at home which may put any deal out of reach. for israel, jewish settlers are vowing to restart construction which is now frozen in jerusalem and the west bank. for the palestinians, the radical group hamas refuses to recognize the state of israel and rejects the leadership of the palestinian authority. u.s. officials say the two leaders have committed to a very ambitious goal-- the outline of a peace agreement within one year. erica. >> hill: thanks.
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coming up next on the "cbs evening news." >> stop resisting! >> police under fire over the use of taser guns. and later, a club dedicated to spreading happiness.
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>> hill: the investigation continues into yesterday's hostage drama at the discovery channel's headquarters in silver spring, maryland. police shot gunman james lee to death after they say he threatened his three hostages. today they revealed the guns he was carrying were starter pistols. they also say he had four explosive devices with him. four more were found in his home. all were safely detonated by the bomb squad. taser guns were originally introduced as a non-lethal weapon police could use to subdue a suspect, but since 2001, more than 400 people in this country have died after being shocked by an officer. and now, john blackstone reports, a man in marin county, california is suing the police after they tasked him in his own home. >> reporter: with a taser pointed at his chest, peter mcfarland did sit down. the 64-year-old had fallen at his home but refused to be taken to the hospital because he didn't have insurance.
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>> reporter: despite his wife's objections... >> reporter: this is the latest incident to raise controversy over the use of tasers which police departments claim can reduce injuries and fatalities. but a study of major u.s. cities found deaths in custody actually rise sharply, nearly six times, during the first year a department uses tasers. dr. byron lee led the study in the first year a police department used the taser sudden deaths went up 600%? >> 600% in the first year after the first year, in-custody deaths returned to the same level before tasers were put
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introduced. by 2008, a study by amnesty international showed in at least 35 states there were deaths after taser use, 55 in california, 52 in florida. experts say the risk of death increases when a person is shocked with a taser more than once. peter mcfarland was hit four times. >> when i saw on that video was a nonlife-threatening situation turned into a life-threatening one. >> they came in here like there was a fire going on or some gunfight was going on. >> stop resisting! stop resisting! >> reporter: mcfarland is now suing a marin county, california, sheriff's department which says its deputies were following the law and department policy. >> hill: looking at the things we take for granted, like moving our hands. rich edwards is now learning how to move his hands, his new hands. the 55-year-old chiropractor from oklahoma is the recipient
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of only the third double-hand transplant ever performed in this country. he lost his hands in a fire. the surgery was last week. edwards is expected to leave the hospital tomorrow. we'll be right back.
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>> hill: a dramatic lesson now in what can happen if you fall asleep at the wheel. in this newly released video, an s.u.v., as you see here, just a second, will plow through the wall-- there you go-- of a convenience store in
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massachusetts. amazingly, both the driver and the young child in the s.u.v. weren't badly hurt. we can't say the same for the store, though. the price tag to fix the damage- - $130,000. and then there was this collision in iowa. a truck and a moped. now, somehow the man on the moped gets up, walks away with only a few cuts and scrapes. i wonder if it has anything to do with who that man on the moped is? it's josh keppel, an offensive lineman for the university of iowa hawkeyes, and apparently solid as a rock. we know there's no crying in baseball, but there is the occasional tussle. usually, though, it just involves some pushing and shoving but not last night when a pitched sailed behind the washington national's nyjer morgan. he flipped out, goes after florida's chris volstad, and first baseman gabby sanchez jumped in and the fight was on. several players are expected to be suspended.
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the incident that may have started the whole thing. next on cbs 5.
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>> hill: an unusual news conference in chicago today. called by gang members to complain they're being harassed unfairly by the police who blame the gangs for what's being called an epidemic. 320 homicides so far this year. officials have threatened to prosecute gangs under the organized crime laws if any member is linked to a homicide. but the gangs say they're not responsible for the acts of individuals. meantime, to keep young people from joining gangs, chicago is offering a more positive alternative: organized happiness here's cynthia bowers. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: rap music often earns its bad rap, but this group is giving rap a whole new spin. meet chicago's happiness club.
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>> our message is we're spreading happiness. we are spreading good vibes all over. >> reporter: its 50 performers come from different races and neighborhoods. they ranger in age from six- year-old dawn butler... are you a singer? or are you a dancer? >> i'm a dancer. >> reporter: to college junior elena schulman. this has meant what to your life? >> i mean, it is my life. i'm one of the most positive people, and that's definitely a result of being in the happiness club, for sure. >> reporter: 20-year-old edward taylor, who grew up on chicago's south side, admits he thought twice about joining a club called happiness. >> i liked everything about it except the name so was, like, literally, i don't really want to get into it. >> reporter: it was too corny? >> yeah, it was. >> reporter: but now edward raps eloquent about believing in yourself. and staying out of trouble.
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the happiness club writes all its own songs, has recorded a music video, and performed at the white house christmas. but the real payoff for all this hard work comes off stage. over the last 10 years, every kid who has gone through this program has graduated and gone on to college. since 1992, 400 kids have found happiness in this club. >> i'm not saying you have to be yee-hey! i'm happy all the time. just take your time and listen. you might learn something. >> reporter: they're mixing a good beat with lyrics to live by. cynthia bowers, cbs news, chicago. >> that is the "cbs evening news." for katie couric, i'm erica hill. i'll see you first thing tomorrow on the "early show." captioning sponsored by cbs
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captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgb your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado, l.l.c. just didn't sound right kind of clackety clack and then thump. >> it happened that fast. what witnesses and investigators are saying about a plane crash that killed a world war ii veteran. >> late breaking information on the east bay killing spree. the brawl that people think may have ended with at least five people dead. >> and they showed up at a bay area restaurant looking for a job. they worked for hours and were never paid. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm dana king. we are learning that a 91- year-old world war ii vet is among those killed in a small plane crash in redwood city today. witnesses say the twin-engine plane went into a dive and pl


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